Story by: Linnzi Fusco
Photos by: Mike Goehring
On July 6, 2011 the Vans Warped Tour brought 67 bands to Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Kansas City. With seven stages and some big names, fans kept busy as they gravitated from one stage to the next. Headlining the tour, A Day to Remember, kept energies high despite the blazing heat. This year marked the 17th annual Warped Tour.
The name Warped originated from Warp Magazine, once published by Transworld, which featured snowboarding, surfing, skateboarding, and music. Since the Warped tour began in 1994, the event has made its way from a national USA tour to a worldwide tour having reached parts of Canada, Japan, Europe, Australia and more. The event showcases live music stemming from punk, rock and alternative genres along with extreme sports including BMX and skateboarding. It has become a major summer event spanning dates from June through August. The Warped tour is currently happening, for more information visit: www.vanswarpedtour.com
Between stages: The Vans Warped Tour brought more than big name bands and crowds of eager listeners. Fans making their way from stage to stage found a maze of vendors, merch tents, and non-profit organizations. Among the non-profit tents was the Keep a Breast tent which hosted an acoustic show featuring The Material, an unsigned band from San Diego, CA.
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